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Intel Bay Trail aims for Android and Windows 8 hybrids

Intel Bay Trail aims for Android and Windows 8 hybrids

Today Intel has revealed their plans for the Bay Trail collection of Atom Z3000 Series Processors, making clear that they're aiming for devices that are small but powerful. This line of SoC is headed for tablets, phones, and everything in-between packing Intel's newest Silvermont architecture for next-generation processing finesse. This is not Intel's first move into the mobile smart device universe, but it's certainly its most serious.

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HP ZBook 15 and 17 hands-on: Thunderbolt arrives with Haswell

HP ZBook 15 and 17 hands-on: Thunderbolt arrives with Haswell

Along with the ZBook 14 - the world's first workstation Ultrabook - the ZBook family has arrived with the ZBook 15 and the ZBook 17. The larger two devices work with much of the same technology as the smaller, but each brings on its own unique blend of high-powered features that makes the price jump worth the cash. Each of these units is also thinner and lighter than previous generations of mobile workstations from HP, bringing with them a new industrial design that doesn't just scream "I'm at work."

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Windows 8.1 RTM released to developers via MSDN and TechNet

Windows 8.1 RTM released to developers via MSDN and TechNet

The release of the first big update to Microsoft's desktop operating system Windows 8 is coming on quick, with the first software builds heading to developers today. The first release of this software was made last month, that being the same "RTM" build developers are getting their hands on today. Manufacturers now have Windows 8.1 and are either in testing or prepping machines with the build for release later this month.

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Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 event September 23rd Microsoft confirms

Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 event September 23rd Microsoft confirms

Microsoft will reveal its new Surface tablets at an event in New York City on September 23, according to invitations sent to press, with the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 expected to debut. The "save the date" invite is believed to be for Microsoft to reveal the Intel "Haswell" update to the Surface Pro, which runs a full version of Windows 8, and will widely tipped to improve battery life. However, it's also an opportunity to try to kickstart sales of the Windows RT version of Surface.

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Chrome Apps go near-native on Windows and Chrome OS

Chrome Apps go near-native on Windows and Chrome OS

Chrome is celebrating its fifth birthday today, and amidst the fan fare is a new announcement: Chrome Apps have gone (near) native on Windows and Chrome OS, gaining a launcher and allowing for use on desktops in the same way apps are used on a tablet or smartphone. The "new breed of Chrome Apps" are available now, with Google promising Linux and Mac support soon.

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HP ENVY Recline 23 and 27 TouchSmart AIO fill the gap below the desk

HP ENVY Recline 23 and 27 TouchSmart AIO fill the gap below the desk

With the dawning of the age of touchscreen friendliness with Windows 8 in the PC world, HP has made more than one innovative move in filling every gap that appeared in usability options, this week with the HP ENVY Recline series. The ENVY Recline 23-k030 TouchSmart All-in-one, ENVY Recline 27-k050 TouchSmart All-in-One, and special Beats Audio edition Recline 23 all offer a neck and a base configured uniquely to hold up a touch display for your ever-expanding list of wants and needs in the massive display-toting PC market.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga brings cross-breed performance and Multimode abilities

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga brings cross-breed performance and Multimode abilities

With most-wanted features picked from both the Yoga and ThinkPad device families this season, Lenovo has unveiled the first Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga (bet you didn't see that name coming). This device is made to bring on Windows 8.1 and up to 4th generation Intel Core i7 processors (that's Haswell) along with touchscreen capabilities and the unique abilities of the Yoga with "lift and lock." Here you've also got the "legendary" ThinkPad keyboard with the option for backlighting as well.

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Lenovo Flex 14 and 15 notebooks make multi-mode budget-friendly

Lenovo Flex 14 and 15 notebooks make multi-mode budget-friendly

While the team at Lenovo have made clear that they have no intention of ending their run of high-powered, best-in-class multi-mode touchscreen computers with their Yoga lineup, they've shown that they can keep it simple as well with the budget-friendly Flex 14 and Flex 15 as well. These devices work with a hinge that allows 300-degrees of rotation and two modes of use - laptop and "stand". This lineup has models measuring in at less than 0.87-inches thick and "no more than" 5.07 pounds.

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Lenovo Flex 20 All-in-one aims to replicate Table PC greatness

Lenovo Flex 20 All-in-one aims to replicate Table PC greatness

When we reviewed the larger relative to this Lenovo Flex 20 earlier this year in the company's infamous Horizon Table PC, we found that it was only the basics that were holding us back: it was just too big. Here with the Lenovo Flex 20, it would appear that the team behind that larger beast have created another monster - one that's much more well prepared and reasonable for the real world, with a 19.5-inch HD+ 1600 x 900 pixel resolution display on a multi-mode adjustable built-in back base.

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